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Parnas recording shows Trump talking with indicted businessmen the President has said he doesn't know

A nearly 90-minute recording released of President Donald Trump at a 2018 dinner with indicted businessmen he has claimed he doesn't know includes Trump speaking animatedly about removing the US ambassador to Ukraine.

Reporter says Mike Pompeo cursed and demanded she find Ukraine on a map after interview

National Public Radio host Mary Louise Kelly says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo screamed obscenities and demanded she prove she could find Ukraine on an unmarked map after an interview. CNN's Jeremy Diamond reports.

Schiff: Trump's team is trying to 'deflect' and 'distort' truth in opening arguments

CNN analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Preet Bharara react to President Donald Trump's legal team opening arguments lasting under two hours on Saturday morning.

Reporter says Mike Pompeo cursed and demanded she find Ukraine on a map after interview

National Public Radio reporter Mary Louise Kelly says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo screamed obscenities and demanded she prove she could find Ukraine on an unmarked map after she asked whether he owed former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch an apology during an interview.

Will any senators actually flip on Trump impeachment?

The House impeachment managers had 24 hours over three days to present their case against President Donald Trump. CNN's Manu Raju and Phil Mattingly report.

Trump captured on tape demanding firing of ambassador to Ukraine, attorney says

President Donald Trump was captured on tape at a 2018 dinner with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman demanding the firing of Marie Yovanovitch, who was then the US Ambassador to Ukraine, according to an attorney for Parnas.

House impeachment managers wrap up their case with Trump's obstruction

As Democrats end their opening arguments, House manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) predicts what President Trump's attorneys will argue during the impeachment trial.

Republican thinking on impeachment: It's the defense team's to lose

CNN's Manu Raju reports that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) shook her head and disagreed when Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) cited a report by CBS that President Trump was pressuring GOP senators about their impeachment votes.

Think Trump's acting like a dictator now? What if he's reelected after this?

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) describes the "real political courage" it takes to divert with the opinions of friends and political parties.

Republican thinking on impeachment: It's the defense team's to lose

In the final day of House Democrats' opening arguments, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) urges Senate members to imagine they -- rather than Joe Biden or Marie Yovanovitch -- were being investigated by President Donald Trump.

Trump captured on tape demanding firing of ambassador to Ukraine, attorney says

President Donald Trump was captured on tape at a 2018 dinner with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman demanding the firing of Marie Yovanovitch, who was then the US ambassador to Ukraine, according to an attorney for Parnas. CNN's Phil Mattingly has more.

Think Trump's acting like a dictator now? What if he's reelected after this?

Impeachment House manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) used video footage of late Sen. John McCain during the Senate impeachment trial to exemplify the threat posed by Russia on Ukraine over the course of history, and to reinforce the notion that support for Ukraine is critical to US national security.

House impeachment managers wrap up their case with Trump's obstruction

Impeachment House manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) criticizes a moment from the 2018 Helsinki summit where President Donald Trump repeated "Kremlin propaganda talking points" next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Democrats accuse Trump of improperly hiding classified testimony from Pence aide

CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper talk to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about the potential of extending the senate impeachment trial in order to gather sufficient evidence.

House impeachment managers wrap up their case with Trump's obstruction

Former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram explains why the impeachment trial is "wildly different" than every other criminal trial in America.

Poll: Bernie Sanders rises and leads in New Hampshire

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders leads in New Hampshire, continuing to widen his top position ahead of the primaries, according to a new WBUR poll.

Republican senator attacks National Security Council aide who testified in impeachment probe

Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn attacked Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key National Security Council aide who testified before Congress on the Ukraine scandal, on Twitter, including questioning the Purple Heart recipient's patriotism.

Adam Schiff piles pressure on Republicans under fire

CNN analyst Carrie Cordero breaks down the possibility of President Trump challenging subpoenas in his impeachment trial.

Adam Schiff piles pressure on Republicans under fire

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) gets choked up during day three of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and says Trump could do "a lot" of damage in the time leading up to the 2020 election.

Takeaways from Day 3 of Trump's impeachment trial

House Democrats argued that even though President Donald Trump didn't commit a federal crime, his "dangerous" behavior in Ukraine constitutes an abuse of power.

Warren on Biden's role in impeachment trial: 'I don't think of this in terms of the politics'

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she was not thinking "in terms of the politics" when asked if she was worried discussions of former Vice President Joe Biden in the ongoing impeachment trial were strengthening Biden's presidential bid.

Senators considering short morning-only impeachment session on Saturday

CNN's John Berman criticizes a group of GOP senators who missed portions of President Trump's impeachment trial.

Democrats play 1999 video of Lindsey Graham talking about impeachment to bolster case against Trump

Impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) plays a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) from 1999 during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Trump now says he's open to entitlement cuts, including Medicare

From the campaign trail to the presidency, Donald Trump has offered many ideas on health care fixes, but some of his stances may seem at odds.

Donald Trump was asked about Elon Musk. His answer was incoherent.

In a CNBC interview at Davos, President Trump was asked to comment on Elon Musk.

Graham congratulated Schiff on 'good job' in presenting argument in Senate impeachment trial

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse tells CNN John Berman Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham congratulated Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager, on a job well done after day two of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump wrapped.

Impeachment state of play: Democrats to make case for abuse of power charge

Impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) played clips of President Donald Trump saying Article II gives him the "right to do whatever he wants as president" and another clip where Trump claimed they're "fighting all the subpoenas."

Justin Trudeau finds himself deep in doughnut drama after photo takes off online

A photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Winnipeg-based doughnut shop has proved to be a lightning rod among pastry-enthusiastic onlookers online.

Joe Biden says he won't testify in impeachment trial in exchange for Republican witnesses

Former Vice President Joe Biden comments on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Trump tapes help incriminate the President at his own trial

Each side has 24 hours over three days to make their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial. House manager Adam Schiff said the facts against President Donald Trump are "damning."

Fact check: Trump lawyers make at least three false claims during impeachment arguments

The President's impeachment defense lawyer Jay Sekulow said that quid pro quo was not a part of the impeachment charges facing Trump. CNN's Jake Tapper and CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero fact-check this misleading claim.

Senate impeachment trial: Managers outline the case for removing Trump

George Conway said he hasn't talked with any GOP senators about President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, but that he can "only assume" they are working together on impeachment to the benefit of their own individual situations, and to the disadvantage of the Democratic party.

GOP senator says he's 'absolutely' open to having witnesses in impeachment trial

Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) says he made a commitment to be an impartial juror in President Trump's impeachment trial. CNN's Dana Bash pressed the Senator on what that looks like.

Fact check: Trump lawyers make at least three false claims during impeachment arguments

George Conway responded to an argument posed by White House counsel Jay Sekulow during the Senate impeachment trial, saying the problem with the GOP defense isn't whether President Donald Trump is allowed to withhold aid, it's why Trump withheld aid from Ukraine.

George Conway calls for more thorough investigation in impeachment trial

George Conway tells CNN's Jake Tapper the Senate has an obligation to hear evidence in President Trump's impeachment trial.

Donald Trump dismisses injuries of US military troops, proves (again) there is no bottom

President Donald Trump said he does not consider potential brain injuries to be as serious as physical combat wounds, downplaying the severity of US service members being treated for concussion symptoms from an Iranian attack as "headaches."

He's a seasoned lawyer on Trump's impeachment defense team. But Ken Starr had a troubled tenure as president of Baylor University

Ken Starr's tenure as the president of Baylor University during a sexual assault controversy involving the school's football team is under renewed scrutiny following his appointment to President Trump's legal team. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Trump tapes help incriminate the President at his own trial

Speaking at a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump called the impeachment trial a "total hoax" and a "disgrace."

Impeachment managers' tall task becomes clearer

President Donald Trump says former national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry can't testify at his impeachment trial due to national security concerns.

Fact check: How McConnell's impeachment trial rules differ from those that governed the Clinton trial

CNN's John Avlon examines key differences between the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, and President Donald Trump's trial - including the release of documents, witnesses and the behavior of the presidents.

White House budget officials laid groundwork to freeze Ukraine aid before July 25 call, heavily redacted emails show

White House deputy counsel Michael Purpura and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), one of the impeachment managers, debate the details of President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and when exactly Ukraine found out that there was going to be a freeze in funding for aid.

Susan Collins sent note to dais before John Roberts admonished legal teams, source says

Following remarks by impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Chief Justice John Roberts warned both teams about using rhetoric inappropriate for an impeachment trial in the Senate chamber.

House impeachment manager quotes Notorious B.I.G. on the Senate floor

House impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) referenced lyrics from the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. when closing out his argument for why the Senate must subpoena acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Inside the Republican lunch that slowed McConnell's plan to rush the impeachment trial

CNN presidential historian Tim Naftali says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was not able to control his caucus, citing several changes McConnell made to his initial resolution to set the rules for the impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump.

Senate passes impeachment trial rules to punt on witnesses in early Wednesday morning vote

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has begun. Here's what happened today that you need to know.

Trump tells the Senate one thing and courts another when it comes to witnesses

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says when GOP lawmakers attack Democratic House managers, including himself, they don't want to "talk about the President's guilt."

Clinton says 'nobody likes' Sanders and won't commit to backing him if he's the Democratic nominee

Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders responds to a comment from Hillary Clinton in which she said, "nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him."

Trump and top administration officials run for impeachment cover in Davos

In Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, CNN's Jim Acosta asked Ivanka Trump to comment on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Senate impeachment trial: Republicans vote to kill Democratic amendments seeking documents

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) denounced President Trump's unwillingness to allow witnesses at his impeachment trial, arguing Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former National Security adviser John Bolton and others should testify, particularly after Trump himself previously said he would allow it.

Schumer calls McConnell's impeachment trial proposal an 'Alice in Wonderland-type proceeding'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he plans to propose amendments to counter Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's handling of President Trump's impending impeachment trial.

Clinton says 'nobody likes' Sanders and won't commit to backing him if he's the Democratic nominee

In a new Hulu documentary, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shares her thoughts about her 2016 Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

Impeachment guide: Voting on the trial rules

CNN's Don Lemon breaks down Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Trump calls climate activists 'perennial prophets of doom' during Davos economic forum

President Donald Trump spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which focuses on the climate crisis this year, and compared climate activists to alarmists and "perennial prophets of doom." CNN's Jeremy Diamond reports.

Sanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed accusing him of a 'big corruption problem'

CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports on the "circular firing squad" of leading Democratic rivals unfolding on multiple fronts.

Several House Republicans to join Trump's impeachment team following internal debate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reacts to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed impeachment trial rules.

What we know and don't know about the Senate impeachment trial

No standing, no electronics, no talking: Senators must abide by these and other strict rules during President Trump's Senate impeachment trial. CNN's Brian Todd has more.

Dershowitz on impeachment reversal: 'I am much more correct right now'

CNN's Anderson Cooper and Jeffrey Toobin ask Alan Dershowitz, a member of President Trump's impeachment defense team, about his changing view on the subject.

Trump's Senate trial likely to further tear at national divides

CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks with a Washington Post writer about the report that President Trump's lawyers and GOP allies in the Senate are working to ensure that any testimony from former National Security Adviser John Bolton be kept private.

Lev Parnas asks Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself from investigation

Lev Parnas, who has been indicted on multiple federal charges, asked Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself from the investigation into Parnas' prosecution, claiming Barr may have a potential conflict of interest. CNN's Alex Marquardt reports.

Impeachment resolution shortens trial's opening arguments to two days per side

The impeachment organizing resolution text from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gives House impeachment managers and the President's legal team 24 hours each to make their opening arguments over two days. CNN's Phil Mattingly reports.

Trump commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with memorial visit

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be against impeaching President Donald Trump.

Senate debate over McConnell resolution expected to begin in open session Tuesday

CNN's Daniel Dale gives examples of President Donald Trump's dishonesty throughout the impeachment process.

Senate impeachment trial kicks off with heated fight over rules

CNN's Chris Cillizza breaks down the eight senators to watch as the impeachment trial in the Senate gets underway.

Virginia gun-rights rally concludes peacefully despite earlier fears of extremist violence

Thousands of gun-rights advocates kicked off a gun-rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, amid heavy security as authorities look to prevent the kind of violence that took place in nearby Charlottesville three years ago.

Pompeo says US diplomatic staffer in Colombia is missing and presumed dead following boating accident

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that an American staffer from the US Mission in Colombia is missing and presumed dead after a boating accident.

Navy to name new aircraft carrier for African American WWII hero

The US Navy is naming its new aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, a black sailor who earned the Navy Cross for his actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

First Alan Dershowitz said you can be impeached without committing a crime. Now he says you can't be.

In an interview from 1998 about the Clinton impeachment, attorney Alan Dershowitz says it "certainly doesn't have to be a crime" to be impeachable. This is opposite of his defense of President Trump over the weekend.

Trump's Senate trial defense: Abuse of power is not impeachable

CNN's legal analyst Elie Honig takes a look at the Constitution and precedent to judge whether President Trump's defense that there must be a criminal act to justify impeachment is true.

New York Times editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for Democratic nomination

The New York Times editorial board on Sunday endorsed Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, a potentially meaningful boost for the two female senators left in the race with less than a month before the Iowa caucuses.

Trump's Senate trial defense: Abuse of power is not impeachable

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to force votes on witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

FBI working with Virginia law enforcement regarding 'threats of violence' before Monday's gun rights rally

Officials in Virginia are preparing for a gun rights rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day after Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency banning guns from the Capitol grounds. CNN's Nick Valencia explains.

Senate Democrat says 'fine' if Hunter Biden were to testify in impeachment trial

Senator Sherrod Brown tells CNN's Brianna Keilar he's "fine" hearing from Hunter Biden during the Senate trial and wants to hear from additional witnesses.

How lawyer Alan Dershowitz plans to defend Trump during the impeachment trial

Alan Dershowitz, a recent addition to President Donald Trump's legal team, told Brianna Keilar that he didn't think his past clients, such as Jeffrey Epstein, former President Bill Clinton or OJ Simpson would affect his ability to make a persuasive argument to the Senate against impeaching the President.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal endorses Bernie Sanders for president

Rep. Michael Waltz, Karen Finney, Mary Katherine Ham and Terry McAuliffe discuss their thoughts on the feud between Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren with Brianna Keilar.

How lawyer Alan Dershowitz plans to defend Trump during the impeachment trial

New Trump legal team member Alan Dershowitz spars with Brianna Keilar and Jeffrey Toobin over the upcoming impeachment trial

House impeachment manager to Trump: If Ukraine call was 'perfect' then 'call the witnesses'

House Impeachment manager Jason Crow argues that witnesses should be called in President Trump's upcoming Senate trial.

Before impeachment trial, Senate prepares vote on Trump's war powers

The Senate is likely to pass a resolution that reins in the President's ability to strike Iran, Mike Bloomberg gets into President Trump's head, how the weather in Iowa could change the results of the caucuses, and the Electoral College faces a key Supreme Court test. That and more in this week's Inside Politics forecast.

USDA proposes allowing 'more flexibility' in school lunches

The US Department of Agriculture announced proposals that would reduce the amount of fruit and vegetables required in school meals, according to the Washington Post.

Trump, who wanted a TV legal team, is 'distracted' by impeachment trial, source says

President Trump's legal team has filed its formal response to the Senate's impeachment summons. CNN's Joe Johns has more.

Facebook removes pages reported to have coordinated posts defending Robert Hyde

Connecticut Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde denies any involvement in alleged efforts to surveil former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

National Archives apologizes and removes altered photo of 2017 Women's March: 'We made a mistake'

The National Archives admitted to altering a 2017 photograph of the Women's March to censor signs referencing women's anatomy and President Donald Trump's name, according to The Washington Post.

Trump recounts minute-by-minute details of Soleimani strike to donors at Mar-a-Lago

President Trump recounted minute-by-minute details of the US strike that killed Iran's top military commander during remarks to high-dollar Republican donors at his South Florida estate, according to audio obtained by CNN.

Evelyn Yang was assured justice. Here's how the doctor she says assaulted her went free

Evelyn Yang's revelation that she was sexually assaulted by her obstetrician-gynecologist has renewed national focus on a sweetheart plea deal between Manhattan's district attorney and her former doctor. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

New impeachment documents show more texts about possible surveillance of former US ambassador to Ukraine

New documents released by House Democrats include communications and photos from indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

Washington Post: Trump called top military brass in 2017 a 'bunch of dopes and babies'

"A Very Stable Genius," a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters, reveals new details about the 2017 meeting where President Donald Trump insulted his top military leadership. Phillip Carter, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Policy under Obama, talks with CNN's Brooke Baldwin about the book and meeting.

Podium order announced for CNN/Des Moines Register Democratic presidential debate

CNN's Chris Cillizza looks back at past presidential debate performances and explains how to have a breakout moment

Minnesota's first presidential primary in decades faces legal challenge over Trump-only ballot

If you want to have a say in which candidate makes it to the general presidential election, you have to participate in your state's primary or caucus election. The tricky part is each state does it differently, CNN's Zach Wolf explains.

Republicans trying to ignore the many things we've learned since Trump was impeached

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is trying to keep his caucus unified as he is set to release the resolution with the impeachment trial rules. CNN's Lauren Fox reports on how McConnell is handling his caucus behind the scenes.

Trump gives LSU football team a championship welcome

President Donald Trump invoked impeachment while addressing the LSU Tigers football team during a White House visit.

A man challenged Tulsi Gabbard to a push-up contest. He lost.

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard showed off her muscle at a town hall in New Hampshire when she beat an attendee in a push-up contest.

8 in 10 black voters say Trump is racist, new poll shows

CNN's Alisyn Camerota speaks with a panel of black South Carolina voters on the state of the 2020 race.

Trump adds Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz to impeachment defense team

CNN senior political analyst David Gergen reacts to the news that President Trump is bringing Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr and Robert Ray to his legal team as his impeachment trial looms.

Lev Parnas says he watched Trump tell aide to fire the US ambassador to Ukraine

Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman whose work in Ukraine with President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani stands at the center of the impeachment inquiry, describes instances where he says he delivered messages of quid pro quos with outgoing Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky. Watch more of Anderson's interview with Parnas on Anderson Cooper 360, 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

Fact-checking Republican Sen. Susan Collins' confusing comments about the new documents from Lev Parnas

Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman whose work in Ukraine with President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani stands at the center of the impeachment inquiry, tells CNN that President Donald Trump is lying when he said they have never met. Watch more of Anderson's interview with Parnas on Anderson Cooper 360, 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

US troops were injured in Iran missile attack despite Pentagon initially saying there were no casualties

Several US service members were injured during the Iranian missile attack on Al-Asad airbase in Iraq on January 8, despite the Pentagon initially saying that no casualties had taken place. CNN's Ryan Browne reports.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley reveals she has alopecia: 'It's important I'm transparent about this new normal'

Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts publicly revealed for the first time that she has an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

Pence urges Senate Democrats to flip on impeachment in op-ed

Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman whose work in Ukraine with President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani stands at the center of the impeachment inquiry, stated that Vice President Mike Pence was aware their effort to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden. Watch more of Parnas' interview on Anderson Cooper 360, 8 p.m. ET CNN.

Exclusive: Evelyn Yang reveals she was sexually assaulted by her OB-GYN while pregnant

Andrew Yang's wife, Evelyn Yang, reveals in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash that she was sexually assaulted by her doctor.

Trump administration updates public school prayer guidance on National Religious Freedom Day

The Trump administration announces it is updating federal guidance for prayer in public schools and other initiatives aimed at protecting religious freedom.

Senators swear impeachment oath amid new allegations of White House lawbreaking

Four senators escorted Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to the Senate, where he was sworn in. Roberts will preside over the entire impeachment trial against President Trump.

Republicans on the spot as Senate braces for impeachment drama

CNN's Kaitlin Collins breaks down the White House defense of withholding Ukrainian aid and President Trump's denial of knowing Lev Parnas.

8 senators to watch in the impeachment trial

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer delivers his statement regarding the impending Senate impeachment trial for charges against President Donald Trump.

Trump continues to insist he doesn't know Giuliani associate Parnas

President Trump continues to insist he doesn't know Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who now says Trump was aware of efforts to surface dirt on political rivals.

Ranking the Top 5 Democrats in the 2020 race

CNN's Chris Cillizza breaks down the latest movement in CNN's rankings of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Intelligence officials ask Congress not to hold threats hearings after angering Trump last year

US intelligence officials asked the Senate and House Intelligence Committees not to hold public hearings on this year's World Wide Threats Assessment after last year's testimony from agency chiefs made President Trump angry, according to a source familiar.

Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump officially begins

In a press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the report the Government Accounting office released proves the need for documents and witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial.

Why we shouldn't stop talking about the Sanders-Warren fight

In an exchange caught on CNN's microphones after the Democratic presidential primary debate, Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her liar.

Government watchdog concludes Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid

The Government Accountability Office says the Trump administration broke the law when it withheld US security aid to Ukraine last year that had been appropriated by Congress.

Trump shows that impeachment will not moderate him

The House formally presented two articles of impeachment to the Senate after it voted to approve the seven managers who will prosecute the case against President Donald Trump. This long-awaited move marks the beginning of the third Senate impeachment trial of a US president in history. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

Ukraine opens criminal probe into possible surveillance of ex-US ambassador

The Ukrainian criminal investigation into possible spying on former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is in response to the U.S. House Intelligence Committee publication of notes suggesting she was illegally spied on in Ukraine, the country's interior ministry said.

Giuliani associate implicates Trump in Ukraine scheme

Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman whose work in Ukraine with President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani stands at the center of the impeachment inquiry, says that their efforts in Ukraine were "all about 2020" and getting Trump reelected. Watch more of Anderson Cooper's interview with Parnas on Anderson Cooper 360.

A Michigan state senator allegedly told a female reporter that schoolboys 'could have a lot of fun' with her

Michigan State Sen. Peter Lucido has apologized after a female reporter said he remarked a day earlier that male high school students could "have a lot of fun" with her. CNN affiliate WDIV's Jason Colthorp reports.

Who is Robert Hyde, the latest figure to emerge in Ukraine scandal?

The FBI is taking a closer look at Robert Hyde, a donor to President Donald Trump, and his potential role in efforts to surveil and remove former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. CNN's Brynn Gingras reports.

Trump shows that impeachment will not moderate him

House managers transport the articles of impeachment for President Trump to the US Senate.

Lev Parnas says Trump 'knew exactly what was going on' with Ukraine pressure campaign

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, said that President Trump was "aware of all my movements."

The Senate is now in charge of impeachment, but we might be missing the larger story

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the articles of impeachment to send off to the Senate, Pelosi handed out multiple pens to the impeachment managers.

Donald Trump's war on toilets (and sinks and showers and dishwashers)

At a campaign rally in Milwaukee, President Donald Trump went on a tear about the quality of household appliances.

Elizabeth Warren sought to 'raise a concern' with Bernie Sanders in post-debate exchange, Sanders campaign says

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) appear to have a tense exchange following the CNN/Des Moines Register Iowa Democratic debate.

House votes to send Trump impeachment articles to the Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the list of House Democrats who will serve as impeachment managers in the Senate trial and act as prosecutors by presenting the case against President Donald Trump.

What the China trade deal means for American farmers

Former White House Chief Economist Kevin Hassett tells CNN's Poppy Harlow the highlights of the US trade agreement with China and why it has been kept secret.

Buttigieg warns against 'going to the extreme' on election issues

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg defends his campaign's moderate approach to polarizing political issues, and cautions against 'going to the extreme.'

Impeachment state of play: What to watch as articles move to the Senate

CNN analysts Elie Honig and Sam Vinograd explain what happens during a Senate impeachment trial and how it's different from what you might know about a criminal trial.

Meatballs, dolphins and Lady Gaga: Bloomberg's Twitter account tweeted some quirky things during the Democratic debate

In CNN's Democratic presidential primary debate, the last before the Iowa caucus, candidates say why they believe they will beat President Donald Trump.

Here's what Tom Steyer said about the 'awkward moment' he witnessed between Sanders and Warren

Businessman Tom Steyer said he "really wasn't listening" when he became caught in an "awkward moment" between Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on stage after the Iowa Democratic presidential debate.

6 takeaways from the Democratic debate in Iowa

During the CNN/ Des Moines Register Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) denied telling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during a private meeting in 2018 that he did not believe a woman could win the presidency.

6 takeaways from the Democratic debate in Iowa

During the CNN/Des Moines Register debate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is asked about his support from black voters.

6 takeaways from the Democratic debate in Iowa

During the CNN/Des Moines Register Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) says the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump are a decency check on the American government.

6 takeaways from the Democratic debate in Iowa

During the CNN/Des Moines Register debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders faulted former Vice President Joe Biden for voting in 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq while he was a senator for Delaware.

New Ukraine evidence released, but will it make the impeachment trial?

CNN's Erin Burnett discusses a letter from Rudy Giuliani to the President of Ukraine where Giuliani says he is acting with the "knowledge and consent" of President Donald Trump.

House Democrats provide new evidence of Giuliani's push to meet with Zelensky

House Democrats have announced they will present new evidence from indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas at the Senate trial of President Donald Trump. CNN's Manu Raju reports.

Russians hack energy company that played major role in Trump Ukraine scandal

Russian military hackers have successfully infiltrated the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of the impeachment drama surrounding President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and his family, according to cybersecurity researchers.

Nancy Pelosi gambled and lost on the impeachment delay

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces that the full House would vote on sending the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate. CNN's Kaitlin Collins reports on what could happen next.

House Democrats provide new evidence of Giuliani's push to meet with Zelensky

The lawyer for Lev Parnas, one of Rudy Giuliani's indicted associates, tweeted out a video of Parnas posing with Donald Trump and some of his associates in an apparent attempt to troll the President. CNN's Kara Scannell has the latest.

Biden uses Trump's own words to make his case in new ad

Folks in Iowa are being inundated with campaign ads from the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates as the caucus nears. CNN's John King discusses the central themes with the Inside Politics panel.

Trump cheered at college football championship game

President Trump was met with cheers as he arrived at the New Orleans Superdome for the college football national title game between LSU and Clemson.

Rep. Elijah Cummings' widow running for Congress to 'build on his legacy'

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings speaks with CNN's Alisyn Camerota about her late husband Rep. Elijah Cummings' legacy, and running to fill his seat in Congress.

Russians hack energy company that played major role in Trump Ukraine scandal

Russian military hackers have successfully infiltrated the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of the impeachment drama, according to cybersecurity researchers. It is unclear what information the hackers sought or how deeply Burisma may have been compromised. CNN's Brian Fung reports.

DNC chair defends party's 'inclusive' rules ahead of debate

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez defends the party's ability to allow for a diverse field of presidential candidates after the six candidates who qualified for the Iowa debate are all white.

The White House tweeted a super weird snow photo on an abnormally warm day

Why is the White House tweeting a "first snow" photo on a 70-degree day? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a tweet generating heat.

First on CNN: Russian warship 'aggressively approached' US destroyer in Arabian Sea

A Russian warship "aggressively approached" a US Navy destroyer while it was operating in the North Arabian Sea, ignoring warnings from the US vessel and increasing the risk of a collision, the US Navy said. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

US citizen detained in Egypt for more than 6 years has died

A US citizen who once begged for President Donald Trump's help has died after more than six years in an Egyptian prison. CNN's Christine Romans reports.

Russians hack energy company that played major role in Trump Ukraine scandal

New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg says that Russian military hackers have successfully infiltrated the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of the impeachment drama surrounding President Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden and his family.

'It is stomach-churning': Progressives' dread rises as Warren and Sanders collide

According to sources, Sen. Bernie Sanders told Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a private meeting in December 2018 that he did not believe a woman could win the presidency. Sanders' campaign senior adviser, Jeff Weaver, denies the claim.

Giuliani has lobbied to join White House impeachment defense

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, whose dealings with Ukraine are a key facet of the impeachment case, has been lobbying Trump to join his legal team during his upcoming trial in the Senate.

Warren says Sanders told her a woman could not win in 2020: 'I thought a woman could win; he disagreed'

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a private meeting in 2018 that he did not believe a woman could win the presidency, sources say. Sanders has denied the characterization of the meeting in a statement to CNN. CNN's MJ Lee has more.

Barr and Pompeo shift justification for Iran strike from 'imminent' threat to deterrence

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has not provided intelligence to back up President Donald Trump's claim that Iran's top military general was planning an attack on four embassies in the Middle East. CNN's Brooke Baldwin discusses with Brett Bruen, President of Global Situation Room.

State Department security officials weren't notified of 'imminent' threats to US embassies

State Department officials involved in US embassy security were not made aware of imminent threats to four specific US embassies, two State Department officials tell CNN, further undermining President Trump's claims that the top Iranian general he ordered killed posed an imminent threat to the diplomatic outposts.

Attorney General William Barr says Pensacola base shooting 'an act of terrorism'

Attorney General William Barr said investigators concluded that the shooting at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, was "an act of terrorism."

The most important lesson Donald Trump learned from the internet

"Inside Politics" host John King reacts to President Donald Trump retweeting a photoshopped image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in traditional Islamic clothing in front of the Iranian flag.

Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a private meeting in 2018 that he did not believe a woman could win the presidency, sources say. Sanders has denied the characterization of the meeting in a statement to CNN.

Cory Booker ends 2020 presidential campaign

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has announced that he will end his campaign after failing to qualify for the Democratic debate planned in Iowa.

Inside Cory Booker's underdog campaign to win Iowa

Former 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker says he got his BA from Stanford and his PhD on the streets of Newark, New Jersey. He ran for president on a platform of fighting hate with love.

Top Trump administration officials decline to provide evidence that Soleimani would attack 4 US embassies

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper tells CNN's Jake Tapper that the killing of Qasem Soleimani was justified in light of threats against the US.

Trump revives bad memories in new storm over intelligence

Defense Secretary Mark Esper doesn't confirm intelligence that Iran was threatening to attack four US embassies after President Trump said he believed they would.

Majority of Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of Iran and feel less safe, poll says

CNN's Jake Tapper questions Secretary of Defense Mark Esper about President Trump saying the US had intelligence that Iran was planning to attack four US embassies.

First on CNN: More than a dozen Saudi servicemen to be expelled from US after review of December shooting at Naval Air Station

More than a dozen Saudi servicemen training at US military installations will be expelled from the United States after a review that followed a deadly shooting at a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, multiple sources told CNN. CNN's David Shortell has more.

Tom Steyer surprises in the polls

Tom Steyer qualifies for the next debate, 2020 candidates in Iowa fight to be everyone's second choice, the U.S. and China will sign a big new trade deal, and how Trump's 2020 campaign will fight some -- but not all -- of the same fights as 2016.

'The world is watching': Trump again warns Iran's leaders about protesters

Anti-government protesters took to the streets of Iran after Tehran admitted that it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing 176 people. President Trump tweeted his support for the demonstrators in both English and Farsi.

'I left parts of my body in Iraq': Duckworth rips into GOP rep who said Democrats 'love' terrorists

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who lost both legs serving in Iraq, responds to Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) who said that Democrats love terrorists.

Jill Biden responds to Sanders attack on her husband: 'I don't like it that Democrats attack other Democrats'

Jill Biden served as second lady during the Obama era. Now, she's alongside her husband Joe Biden on the 2020 campaign trail.

Trump's impeachment trial team sees 'significant' executive privilege issues over potential Bolton testimony

President Trump told Fox News in an interview that he would invoke executive privilege to block former National Security Adviser John Bolton from testifying at the Senate impeachment trial.

Texas will not resettle refugees under Trump executive order

The Trump administration will cap refugee admissions at the lowest levels since the refugee resettlement program began, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced. It's the second year in a row the administration has set the cap at a record low.

Iowa poll shows a tight four-way race in final weeks before the Democratic caucuses

A new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll shows that Iowa's likely caucusgoers are divided between four candidates ahead of the state's Democratic caucuses. CNN Political Director David Chalian has more.

GOP lawmaker apologizes for unfounded claim that Democrats are 'in love with terrorists'

In a Fox Business interview, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) criticizes Nancy Pelosi, claiming that the Speaker of the House and other fellow Democrats are "in love with terrorists." Collins later issued an apology on Twitter.

Pelosi prepares to send articles of impeachment to Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is signaling there will be a vote next week on appointing impeachment managers and transmitting articles of impeachment to the Senate. CNN's Manu Raju reports.

US unsuccessfully targeted another Iranian military official on same day as Soleimani

On the same night the US killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, the US unsuccessfully targeted another senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to a US official with knowledge of the events and another source familiar.

US imposes new sanctions on Iran

The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran following attacks on US and allied troops earlier this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced.

Pompeo reasserts that Soleimani posed imminent threat, but won't define 'imminent'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted that the strike on Qasem Soleimani was in reaction to an "imminent" threat; but pressed by CNN's Kaitlan Collins to define "imminent," Pompeo didn't offer a specific timeframe.

Justice inquiry into Hillary Clinton's business dealings languishes

A Justice Department review of business dealings tied to Hillary Clinton -- championed by President Donald Trump and his allies -- has wound down with officials not finding enough evidence to recommend the formal opening of a criminal investigation, according to current and former US officials. CNN's Jessica Schneider reports.

US imposes sanctions on Iranian steel and other metals

Iran has a long memory, a history of retaliation - and often uses proxies to do it. Brian Todd reports.

Iran's UN ambassador says missile strikes weren't intended to kill Americans

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi speaks with CNN's John Berman amid tensions between Iran and the US.

The House has its say on Iran

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) says that President Trump's claims about the Iran War Powers resolution are incorrect, and the bill aims to "remind everybody that we should be debating things like war and peace and we should be following the Constitution."

These Republicans voted yes on the War Powers resolution

The House of Representatives voted to approve a resolution aimed at restraining the President's ability to use military action against Iran without congressional approval, amid simmering tensions between the US and the country. CNN's Phil Mattingly has more.

Standing down: How Trump decided that not striking back was his best option on Iran

Quickly after missiles were fired from Iran, US military and executive began assessing potential damage and evaluating a response. CNN's team reports on new details about how the night unfolded.

Impeachment impasse shows Pelosi's power

The Lead's political panel discusses.

Pelosi says she'll send impeachment articles when 'ready,' but predicts it could be 'soon'

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) told CNN's John Berman that although he understands House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's motivation for withholding the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, he thinks "it's time" to send them the Senate.

Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Pelosi of defending Soleimani, whom she called 'a terrible person'

President Trump says top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was looking to blow up a US embassy.

Pelosi says she'll send impeachment articles when 'ready,' but predicts it could be 'soon'

During her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wouldn't commit to when she would send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate saying, "we need to see the arena in which we are sending our managers."

Trudeau and Johnson say they have intelligence Iran shot down Ukrainian airliner

The US increasingly believes that Iran mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian airliner, according to multiple US officials. The working theory is based on continuing analysis of data from satellites, radar and electronic data collected routinely by US military and intelligence. All 176 people on board the Boeing 737 were killed.

US Army warns about fake text messages about military draft

The US Army is warning Americans about a wave of "fraudulent text messages" falsely telling Americans they have been drafted into military service amid tensions between the US and Iran.

Small rockets land near Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone

Two rockets landed inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, home of the US Embassy in Iraq, on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Iraqi military. CNN's Clarissa Ward reports.

GOP rebellion breaks out on Iran as Senate inches toward impeachment

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) rails against a classified briefing on Iran, calling it "the worst briefing I've seen, at least on a military issue."

Trump vs. Iran: It's not over

CNN's Brian Todd breaks down the magnitude of Iran's high precision missiles and the potential threat they pose to US bases and allies.

Tulsi Gabbard says 'no justification whatsoever' by Trump administration for killing Soleimani

Democratic presidential candidate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), joins The Lead.

House to vote to limit Trump's military action against Iran without congressional approval

Sen. Rand Paul rebuffs fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham's response to Paul's criticism of a classified Iran briefing.

Standing down: How Trump decided that not striking back was his best option on Iran

CNN's Kaitlan Collins breaks down President Trump's plans for relations with Iran amid recent airstrikes sent by Iran to target Iraqi base, Ain al-Asad, which houses US troops.

Satellite images appear to show damage from Iranian missile strikes at Iraqi base

Satellite images appear to show the aftermath of Iranian missile strikes at an Iraqi military base that houses US troops.

Two impeached presidents, very different responses to attacks in Iraq

President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the White House, announcing his administration will hit Iran with new sanctions in the wake of its attack on two Iraqi military bases housing US troops, as well as in response to its broader aggression in the region.

Iran sent 'multiple messages' to US that its attacks were done

President Donald Trump praised US forces and said that Iran "appears to be standing down" a day after an Iranian missile strike on bases housing US troops in Iraq.

Trump says 'Iran appears to be standing down' following its retaliatory attacks against Iraqi bases housing US troops

President Donald Trump announced additional sanctions on Iran following an Iranian attack on bases housing US troops in Iraq.

McConnell on impeachment: 'There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no leverage in determining the rules of the Senate impeachment trial.

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